What foreign foods are banned in the United States? We know a lot about other countries thanks to the internet. The internet makes it easy for us to learn about other places, specifically what they allow and don’t allow in their country. Every state has a list of items and things that you can’t buy there. Many of them don’t even let you bring them in from another place! There’s usually a pretty good reason for that, although we’re not going to pretend like some of them aren’t entirely dumb.
Like the other nations, the United States has plenty of things that are banned that you can easily get in another country. Specifically, America has something against many foreign foods. Some of them are historically significant but aren’t really that important now. Our lawmakers just haven’t gotten to removing the ban from the books. Others are still incredibly relevant and protect our people and country.
We’ve all heard the story that Kinder Eggs are banned in the United States because of the little toys inside. It could cause a choking hazard to children, and that’s a valid point – or at least it would be if many of our products didn’t contain toys.
We found 24 foods that are banned in the United States. Like everything else, they’re subject to a confusing maze of rules, regulations, and prohibitions from the FDA, USDA, and the US Congress. They didn’t make the cut, and you’d probably get into trouble if you had these foods.
Casu Marzu (Sardinia)
this cheese is made from Pecorino infested with maggots—and it’s only good when the larvae are alive and writhing around. I think you can see the problem here!
Ackee Fruit (Belize, Jamaica, Haiti)
Under-ripe or unprocessed ackee is banned in the US because it contains the toxin hypoglycin, which can cause symptoms that range from vomiting to coma and death.